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Jorge's Corner
The Voice of Boxing in Central and Northern California


The Battle of the Unbeaten
Monterey, CA
July 2, 2005

The event, which had been billed as “The Battle of the Unbeatens”, did not turn out as promoter Jerry Hoffman hoped.  This is the down side of planning a card six months in advance.  Boxing has many hoops and bumps.  Most of the time it’s due to fighters breaking contracts.  Sadly, too often, it’s the negligence of the boxing commission.  Allegedly, the commission drooped the ball and did not notify Jerry about “irregularities” in Julie Rubalcava’s blood work.  She’d been scheduled to fight Carina Moreno of Watsonville.  This fight was one of the big draws of the evening.  According to the Monterey Herald it was canceled fifteen minutes before the event.  After learning of the cancellation, and much to Jerry’s chagrin, 39 fans requested refunds. 

Jerry Hoffman’s formula is difficult to beat.  He never brings in big named outsiders.  He knows local fans want to see local fighters.  And like all promoters he lives or dies on ticket sales.  I feel bad for Carina Moreno who placed her hopes on this fight.  I am certain she got other offers.  She based her decision not to fight since last November, on her belief that the commission gives a damn.  Unfortunately so did Jerry.  Too bad.  The commissioner is a political appointee.  That means he can’t be fired.  He has friends in high places and can do what he pleases.  This also means he can stink at his job, and still keep it.  As you know, crap runs down hill.  When things go wrong, the first guy to cover his ass is the guy on top.  It’s easier to blame someone else, as we’ve seen President Bush do many times.  Its not his fault we’re fighting a war, occupying a country, and young men are dying.  So it is with the commissioner, its not his fault someone “dropped the ball”, he’s only in charge. 

This is an insult to everyone.  Jerry Hoffman, fighters and all promoters deserves better.  I am not saying this to endear myself to Jerry, it’s the truth.  The commissioner knows this is a risky business.  It requires attention to detail, lots of money, heart, and knowledge of the game.  According to Dennis Taylor of the Monterey Herald, the commission had the paperwork for over 10 days, and did not examine it for any irregularities.  Well, whose job is it? According to The Herald, the person ultimately responsible for this tremendous blunder is Commissioner, Dean Lohuis, whom I call “his Excellency”, due to his autocratic demeanor.  In the end, it doesn’t matter whose fault it was, Jerry Hoffman, a guy who has worked very hard was robbed of an opportunity to put on the best show of his career. 

I believe this may explain why the vibes were so negative as I made my way into the Monterey Conference Center.  Usually, the pre-fight atmosphere is festive.  Not this time, it felt tense, like a crime scene.  It’s a lesson from the school of hard-knocks.  After twenty years in the military I’ve learned you never trust the system.  Never trust the guy in charge, especially if he isn’t at risk himself.  In combat winning the battle, means surviving.  Never trust someone else to look out for your interests, as well as he does his own.  All systems are made up of bureaucrats, and bureaucrats are self-perpetuating, inwardly focused, politicians.  All politicians are up for sale.  Its how that game is played.  Ask anyone who has taken a donation towards their reelection.  I’ll bet Jerry, who’s a quick study, will not make this mistake again. 

I also learned Martin Sanchez, a Mexican boxer living in Las Vegas died after being knocked out by Russian, Rustam Nugave.  Marc Ratner was the commissioner.  Sanchez died that night at Valley Hospital Medial Central.  He was 26 years old.  His life might have been saved if the Commissioner taken more interest in his job.  Lets hope future tragedies can be avoided.  This has the makings of a gigantic lawsuit.  The best fight of the night was a two rounder with six time Golden Glove Champion Enrique Gutierrez and a brawler with twelve losses and two wins, Israel Sandoval.  Gutierrez looked as sharp as an Olympic swordsman.  It was still a mismatch.  Sandoval who displayed heart, failed to demonstrate an ability to stay away from Gutierrez who’s had over a hundred amateur bouts.  It’s impossible to compensate for such a difference.  This is why amateur experience is so important. 

The business of boxing requires that promoters cultivate local boxers.  By doing so they guarantee attendance, improved ticket sales, and make money.  Its how the business of boxing operates.  As a lover of this game I am also a critic.  I call 'em as I see ‘em.  I am certain Jerry, who is a sharp business guy, sees the earning potential in Enrique Gutierrez and will adopt the appropriate strategy. 

Enrique out classed Sandoval and literally knocked him out of the ring with a solid shot to the head.  We had to push Sandoval back into the ring.  He took the eight count and reengaged.  It was a bad decision, Enrique charged in for the kill, forced him against the ropes, and unleashed hell upon him.  I saw the towel come flying over the top rope, but the referee did not.  Sandoval took three or four shots he could’ve done without.  Enrique trains out of the Double Punches Gym in Santa Rosa. 

I have nothing personal against bad coaches.  I know a lot of them.  I don’t particularly care for their company, but I don’t personally dislike them.  What I dislike is deliberate maliciousness and deception.  I dislike haters, gang bangers and most politicians.  I also have trouble with incompetence.  If promoters were completely honest with managers, it would make it easier for mangers to reject or accept a bout.  They should also have enough brains to check amateur records.  It appears Israel Sandoval’s manager didn’t.  This was a mistake

The first bout between James Cook and Eddy Cota was not very interesting, though I’d rather be sitting ringside than anywhere else.  Being a boxing connoisseur, it’s disheartening to witness inadequate performances.  Eddy Cota got the decision, although it did became a little more exciting.  It was never a good fight. 

The Second Best bout of the night was Guadalupe “The Cobra”, Acosta, who came in wearing the strangest hairstyle I’ve ever seen on a boxer.  He looked like someone out of a Bruce Lee movie.  He worn his hair in what Mario Serrano, Robert “The Ghost”, Guerro’s publicist, called a Mongolian.  Acosta lacked fundamentals, had poor technique and inadequate footwork, but he had confidence and juice in his punches.  He wore an army poncho and demonstrated flexibility by placing his leg over the top rope.  This is not “normal” behavior.  His opponent is best known for stopping a fighter by head butting him.  Jesse Curry may not have boxing skills, but he certainly has a hard head.  His has no fundamentals and charges like a buffalo.  He cracked the other guy’s head wide open and a cut as big as the Grand Canyon poured blood.  The fight was stopped. 

The bell rang and Curry came out attempting to dominate, but without much determination.  Curry’s punches were lazy fat cat punches, thrown from the elbow without any power.  He then threw smelly cheese over hand rights.  All the while Acosta remained calm as a snake eyeing his dinner.  Which is why I’ve named him, The Cobra.  Suddenly he nailed Curry with a right upper cut, left hook, hurting him.  A moment later, Acosta’s attack rocked Curry.  Acosta then unleashed a torrent of punches that had Curry trying to hide by sticking his head outside the ring.  The Crowd went wild.  Watching form ringside I thought Marco Rosales, the referee made a good call and stopped it.  Like my buddy Dave Nelson who did not work due to politics, Marco loves this game.  Marco is a gentleman and has made tremendous improvements.  I wish other officials would continue to improve as well. 

The bout between Abraham Verdugo of Phoenix and Joel Santigao of Las Vegas was semi exciting.  I’ve seen Verdugo get his butt whipped many times.  I gotta wonder what drives this poor kid.  He has nothing but heart going for him.  Each time I’ve seen him fight, he takes a worse beating.  He has taken tremendous poundings by guys like Vicente Escobedo.  He has no power, no footwork, no defensive technique, and yet here he is again, offering someone an opportunity to beat him senseless.  He desperately needs help.  I hope this kid gets a new trainer before someone really hurts him.  He took such a beating, his corner stopped the fight after the fifth round.  No kidding, he looked like Rocky after he fought Apollo in Rocky One. 

The referee, Marty Sammon, took a shot from one of the boxers.  I spoke with him after the fight; he said he’d only been hit in the head, so it didn’t hurt.  Keep in mind this is coming form a guy who use to jump out of perfectly good airplanes, sometimes a night.  You gotta admit this is not normal.  Marty is a real character. 

The Main Event could have been called the Pillsbury Boy meets The Chocolate Man.  George Garcia, must weigh 264 pounds, but only stands five feet ten inches.  His opponent Eddie Neal from Lemoore, with five wins and no losses was a huge man.  He was a dark brown, same as the color of chocolate, and stood six foot, six inches.  Neither of these guys impressed me.  I came to watch a boxing match, not two huge guys dance. 

Looking back Neal could have easily beaten the Pillsbury Boy, if he’d had more brains, better conditioning and more balls.  It was hard to believe such a big man couldn’t do anything with the shorter and fatter Garcia.  This six rounder could only be considered a “main event” in Monterey where the ocean breeze seems to effect people in a bizarre manner.  How many people have heard of a six round main event? Yet, the crowed loved it.  Just goes to prove that if you give fans something that resembles boxing, throw in great looking ring girls, lots of booze, and an ocean breeze, they’ll have a great time.  Like I said, Jerry has the right formula.  Students of the boxing business should learn a lesson.  Mr. Hoffman always sells out his shows, without ten round main events. 

It was another great show.  The problems with the commission are as old as the moon.  It seems that as long as the commissioner is a political appointee, there is little anyone can do about it.  I've written letters to the governor to no avail.  I’ve even lighted candles to the Virgin of Guadalupe believed to be the Guardian of the down trodden.  Nothing seems to help.  I may do like Ghandi and try a hunger strike, only I don’t think that would work either.  As usual in politics, money and ego-driven old men make the rules, which is why we find ourselves in this situation.  Again, I urge all boxing fans to write the governor and ask that a full investigation on the commission’s performance be initiated.  If you pay taxes and are registered, you have a vote, and he has to listen.  Tell ‘em I sent you, he knows me. 

In closing, I recently learned 45 year old Tommy Hearns, is planning a come back.  There is so much money in boxing now that old dogs are dusting off their gloves and stepping back into the fray.  Good for him.  Lets hope the years have toughened up his chin and he can finally take a punch.  I met him in Reno.  I was disappointed.  I’d been a fan for years.  In that one instant all his bitterness and self-pity spilled out.  Instead of behaving like a champion who once held the greatest title in the world, he behaved like a loser, without respect for anyone.  He reminded me of a guy who’s recently being released from prison.  You know what I mean, phony tough, trash-talking losers, like so many found in Stockton.  Living in Stockton, which is surrounded by prisons, I’ve met dozens of these guys.  It was a pitiful display.  To add salt to the wound, his trainer, another man I once admired, Emmanuel Stewart was with him.  Too bad.  I guess he doesn’t respect his coach anymore than he respects himself.  I’ve met many former champions who continue to squeeze out media attention and public respect for they’re past accomplishments. 

I always differentiate someone’s past victories, from their present behavior.  Outside the ring, Tommy Hearns, impressed me as just another dime a dozen thug.  Too bad, like I said, I wanted to like him.  He’s not the only former champions I’ve seen behave badly.  I don’t remember how many times I’ve seen Tony “The Tiger” Lopez, a local hero, drunker than a monkey, yet he still manages to garner media attention.  Has anybody ever asked him why he does it?  I hear he’s training fighters now.  I don’t believe he ever knew how to box.  He was just a brawler with a hard head who could take a beating. 

I asked once again that readers send out a prayer to boys in Iraq and Afghanistan.  My audio fight coverage can be heard on several Radio Stations.  Anyone interested in my ringside audio coverage of these fights can contact me.  Radio Stations Managers, Promoters, Mangers, trainers and fighters can contact me at  Even with these disappointments and my on-going struggle to get the governor to launch an investigation on the commission’s performance, I gotta say Thank God For Boxing,

See you Ring Side  

Jorge A. Martinez